How to Make a Bean Bag Chair Cover

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How to Make a Bean Bag Chair Cover
Covering a bean bag chair can extend its life and prevent damage. (Young pretty women on red bean bag relaxing image by Christopher Meder from

Bean bag chairs can be used as a seating solution for children's rooms or recreational rooms. They can be inexpensive to make or buy. Create a new cover for a damaged bean bag chair or to coordinate the chair with your decor by draping and stitching fabric or tracing a pattern onto yards of structured fabric like faux leather. Use the existing chair cover as a pattern or purchase a pattern from a fabric or craft store.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Fabric
  • Heavy-duty thread
  • Scissors
  • Heavy-duty needle
  • Seam ripper
  • Zipper
  • Sewing machine
  • Straight pins
  • Pincushion
  • Fabric marker or chalk
  • Pattern
  • Tracing paper
  • Tape measure
  • Fabric protector
  • Embellishments

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  1. 1

    Measure the bean bag chair to establish the dimensions of the chair and to get the dimensions for the fabric you will use.

  2. 2

    Select fabric that best fits your needs.

  3. 3

    Compare the weight and thickness of the fabric to the existing cover. This can affect the dimensions of the existing cover and skew the measurements for your new cover.

  4. 4

    Create a pattern for the cover by cutting panels similar to those of a beach ball or drape and gather the material if the chair is not completely round.

  5. 5

    Use a sewing machine for longer-lasting stitches or hand sew the cover using a back stitch to reinforce the seams.

  6. 6

    Embellish the cover by adding a monogrammed name or initials, iron-on patches or appliques. Use printed or patterned fabrics, as well as textured trims, to personalise the chair.

  7. 7

    Protect the fabric against spills and stains by using a stain-protecting spray product.

Tips and warnings

  • Creating a cover from panels may be easier than using one solid piece of material, though that is dependent on the shape and size of the chair.
  • Faux leather, pleather or other synthetic water-resistant fabrics are best for chairs used in recreational rooms or other high-traffic areas, while twill or fleece is suitable for chairs in a bedroom.
  • Hand sewing may lead to a risk of busted seams.
  • Use a serger if possible.
  • Use a pattern if absolutely necessary. Many chair covers can be made by draping and measuring fabric.
  • A stain-protecting spray such as Scotchguard can extend the life of the fabric but can also change the colours of the material, so test the fabric spray in an inconspicuous place on the material.
  • Decorate the cover to personalise it for a child or adult room.
  • Machine-washable fabrics are the easiest to maintain.
  • Launder the fabric before cutting to measurements to avoid shrinkage.

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